Srinagar : Speaking at a function Kashmir: Reasons for Unrest and Pathways to Peace, organized by Observer Research Foundation in Mumbai former RAW chief AS Dulat has opined that Pakistan had lost considerable ground in Kashmir, but Wani’s killing not only helped it to regain, but also consolidate its position, Delhi based online portal, catchnews.com reported.
The spymaster, according to the report, said that Burhan Wani’s killing even shocked Pakistan. The leadership there was in a state of shock for over four days and did not know how to react. The unrest that followed the killing has brought Pakistan back into the valley.
He said that Kashmir is a complex issue which needs special attention of both Indian and Pakistani governments.
Dulat, the report said, added, “The developments in last four months have nothing but worsened the situation and reduced the Kashmir Valley into a mess. Despite all odds, both the governments can arrive at a consensus on the issue, but with dialogue. There is no other way to resolve Kashmir issue.”
The former RAW chief said that whatever has happened in the Kashmir Valley over four months after Burhan Wani was killed is much worse than the beginning of militancy in 1989.
“Though things are back to normal, the fact remains that around 1,500 youths are still behind bars for stone pelting. Burhan Wani too was stone pelter once upon a time who turned into a militant. We need to ponder over this and think about the youths who are now behind bars.”
Dulat said that Vajpayee was a man of few words, but anyone who closely watched him and studied his politics could realise that he was clear as far as a confrontation with Pakistan and peace in Jammu and Kashmir was concerned.
“A separatist leader who had come to Delhi when PV Narasimha Rao was prime minister, refused to meet him, but met Vajpayee and was highly impressed by Vajpayee’s thoughts on resolving the issue with humanity. As a result of the meeting, even today, Vajpayee is respected in the Valley,” Dulat said.